Murphy stays hot in Triple-A loss


Just as a reminder, the two Rookie GCL Yankees squads open their season tomorrow. Should be fun having two rookie ball affiliates, there are always some ridiculously great performances down there. Now there will be twice as many. Here are some more notes:

  • The Yankees have signed 1B Andrew Clark and assigned him to Double-A Trenton, reports Chris Cotillo. Clark confirmed the move on his Twitter feed. The 25-year-old was mashing in an independent league — .421/.536/.816 with nine doubles, seven homers, 17 walks, and ten strikeouts in 24 games mashing — and will help fill out the injury-depleted rosters at the upper levels of the minors.
  • Both 3B Eric Jagielo (hamstring) and LHP Omar Luis Rodriguez (calf) are listed on the Low-A Charleston DL according to Josh Norris. Rodriguez was the team’s last big international splash before the new spending limits were implemented.
  • RHP Scottie Allen was been promoted to Double-A Trenton, reports Norris. He’s had an okay year at best (4.34 ERA and 4.18 FIP) for High-A Tampa, so this might just be a temporary thing.
  • LHP James Pazos has been promoted to Low-A Charleston, reports Robert Pimpsner. He appeared in one game for Short Season Staten Island earlier this week and is presumably replacing LHP Dietrich Enns in the bullpen.
  • And finally, Triple-A Scranton manager Dave Miley has been named the International League manager for the All-Star Game, reports Donnie Collins. Congrats to him, Miley’s done a really good job with the Triple-A squad over the years.

Triple-A Scranton (5-2 loss to Rochester)

  • C J.R. Murphy: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 K
  • RF Fernando Martinez: 1-4, 1 K
  • 1B Randy Ruiz: 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 K — 8-for-19 (.421) with a double and two homers since signing
  • SS Alberto Gonzalez: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI
  • LHP David Huff: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 Balk, 3/2 GB/FB — 43 of 76 pitches were strikes (57%) … first walks in four starts since being sent down
  • RHP Chase Whitley: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/3 GB/FB — 25 of 41 pitches were strikes (61%)

Double-A Trenton (1-0 win over Akron)

  • LF Ramon Flores: 0-4, 1 K
  • CF Slade Heathcott: 0-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 CS
  • RF Tyler Austin: 0-3, 1 BB — got picked off first
  • LHP Nik Turley: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 66 of 100 pitches were strikes … first scoreless start of the season
  • RHP Danny Burawa: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GB/FB — eight of 18 pitches were strikes (44%)
  • RHP Tommy Kahnle: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GB/FB — only nine of 23 pitches were strikes (39%)

High-A Tampa (3-2 win over Brevard County)

  • CF Mason Williams: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 CS — back in the lineup after two games off, but he was banged up and it was precautionary
  • DH Rob Refsnyder: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 CS
  • LF Ben Gamel: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SB
  • C Gary Sanchez: 0-4, 2 K — picked a runner off second with a snap throw
  • RF Yeral Sanchez: 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K — first homer since signing
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 0-2, 1 BB — four hits in his last 32 at-bats (.125)
  • RHP Michael Pineda: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4/6 GB/FB – had a little more earlier
  • LHP Eric Wooten: 2 IP, zeroes, 3 K, 2/1 GB/FB – last indy ball pickup

Low-A Charleston (4-2 win over Rome)

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • SS Cito Culver: 0-4, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB
  • 1B Greg Bird: 2-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K — nine hits in his last 16 at-bats (.563) with four doubles
  • C Peter O’Brien & 3B Dante Bichette Jr.: both 0-4, 1 K — O’Brien picked a runner off second with a snap throw
  • LHP Evan Rutckyj: 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 5/4 GB/FB

Short Season Staten Island (6-0 loss to Hudson Valley)

  • DH Derek Toadvine: 1-4, 1 BB
  • CF Michael O’Neill: 2-5, 3 K — has a hit in all three games so far
  • LF Brandon Thomas: 1-4, 1 K
  • 1B Kale Sumner: 3-4 — 5-for-7 so far
  • 3B Jerison Lopez: 2-2, 1 E (fielding) — left the game after reaching on a bunt single, so he must have pulled a hamstring
  • RHP Rookie Davis: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 HB, 9/2 GB/FB — no strikeouts? like, zero?
Categories : Down on the Farm


  1. LongLiveJeter says:

    Any chance if Murphy keeps mashing that he could be fast tracked to the Bronx? Our ineptitude behind the plate is evident

    • jimmy james says:

      I wouldn’t want to rush him. Let’s make sure this isn’t just a prolonged hot streak. Although the thought of him slugging it in the Bronx like he is in Scranton, would be awfully nice.

    • trr says:

      i’d be shocked if it were this year

  2. DERP says:

    Rutckyj is pitching well lately.

    50 strikeouts, 13 walks, 2 homers in his last 49.1 innings covering nine outings.

  3. SDB says:

    Please, can Alberto Gonzalez come back and replace Brignac?

  4. jimmy james says:

    LHP Nik Turley: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 8/2 GB/FB — 66 of 100 pitches were strikes … first scoreless start of the season

    My favorite line of the night. Especially that GB/FB ratio. Please do more of this, Turley!

  5. Stephen says:

    Omar Luis is listed on the DL.

    Also I don’t know if I missed this being reported but Rigoberto Arrebato to Trenton, Mascerhi and Alex Smith to Tampa while Brebbia and Arneson got demoted to Charleston.

  6. Bob Michaels says:

    Season at the ml level is lost. If big George were still alive he would shake the ball park up. Attendance is in the process of dwindling. Fans are starting to lose interest

  7. J-Money says:

    Is it me or does it seem like there are a lot of guys picked off first in these down on the farm reports?

  8. Mads says:

    Any exciting prospects to be seen in rookie ball? Is it possible to see Clarkin pitch there soon? Or Katoh play?

    • Bo Knows says:

      Uh Yeah, the GCL league is where the youngest/highschool players that are signed go to first. Clarkin and Katoh signed, so that’s where they will be this year

  9. Paco Dooley says:

    Does Rookie Davis have to change his name next season? Or he is some guy named Davis and Mike forgot his first name, so he calls him Rookie Davis?

  10. Coolerking101 says:

    Rutckyjs’ last three games – 18 IP 18H 4R 4BB 18K. Maybe the kid is finally putting it together?

    • Bo Knows says:

      He was really raw when he signed (only been pitching fulltime one-two years prior to being drafted) and he was also a two sport athlete for a until just prior to being drafted as well.

      So its possible

  11. nycsportzfan says:

    Its kinda funny I was telling my buddy, whos last name is SUMNER, that we signed a kid named SUMNER this yr, but it was a pretty late rder, so don’t get to excited, and yet the kids raking so far..lol

    He’s all ready hoping to play with SUMNER on MLB the show yrs down the rd..lol

  12. nycsportzfan says:

    I wanna know how many 1-3 with a BB games Refsnyders had this yr. I swear everytime i look up hes got himself a 1-3 with at least 1BB going on.

  13. Bryan says:

    Michael O’Neil needs to quit it with the K’s. 3 last night. I also wonder if he got his uncles ability to destroy a gatorade can.

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